Sunday 22 September 2019

Brady's injury hands McCarthy fresh selection dilemma

Robbie Brady was not in Burnley’s squad for their draw with Wolves. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Robbie Brady was not in Burnley’s squad for their draw with Wolves. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Robbie Brady is facing a major battle to prove his fitness in time for next week's Euro 2020 qualifier at home to Switzerland.

Teenager Troy Parrott is also running out of time in his bid to work his way into Mick McCarthy's squad and a possible senior debut after he missed out with Tottenham Hotspur due to an ongoing injury.

McCarthy will name his final 23-man squad for the double-header against Switzerland and Bulgaria on Thursday and it's thought that the Ireland boss plans to attend Burnley's League Cup game at home to Sunderland on Wednesday.

The Ireland manager, who was at Craven Cottage on Saturday to watch Harry Arter play 90 minutes in a 2-1 defeat for Fulham to Nottingham Forest, was relieved to see Jeff Hendrick come off the bench and play a part in Burnley's 1-1 draw against Wolves yesterday, his first appearance of the season.

But Brady was not even in the match-day squad for the Clarets and, unless he's fit to feature for his club in Wednesday's cup tie against Sunderland, he will be a major doubt for the Swiss clash.

Ireland coach Robbie Keane was on TV duty in London to see Tottenham's shock defeat to Newcastle United yesterday, but despite pre-match talk that Parrott could work his way into the squad, he was not on the substitutes' bench.

Parrott was also forced to sit out an U-23 game for Spurs last Friday with an injury and he's also a doubt for international duty, either with McCarthy's squad or the U-21s for their qualifiers against Armenia and Sweden.

Irish Independent

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